Ascending / Climbing Tserko-Ri 5033m Himalayas
Ascending / Climbing Tserko-Ri 5033m Himalayas Reviews
Ascending / Climbing Tserko-Ri 5033m Himalayas Nov 27, 2014
Tserko-Ri (Tsergo-Ri) is the crown jewel of the Langtang Himal trekking trail.
Standing at 5033 meters (16,500 ft), it is one of the peaks that dominates the sacred valley of langtang. older elevation records show that tserko-ri's height is at 4984 meters, but new gps altitude reveal that is over 5000 meters and the accepted height today is at 5033 meters.
Tserko-ri is a very difficult peak to climb because the base is at the last settlement of the langtang valley - kyanjin gumba which sits only at 3850 meters. that is a great height gain of more than 1150 meters withouth breaking the climb in 2 stages at very high altitude (never ascend more than 500-600 meters a day). then after reaching the summit, you have to go back down. its along slog up and down with a total estimate of 8 hours overall. (i did mine 9 hours using the jathang trail to descend).
the summit of tserko-ri is an out of this world landscape with prayer flags and darchors constantly swaying and flying in the strong winds coming from every direction. the panorama from the summit offers one of the great 360° view of the himalayas: the langtang himal, the jugal (dorje) himal and the kanja la himal. with mountains towering over 6300 meters - the highest being langtang lirung (7234 meters), kimoyoshung (6780 meters), dragpoche (6582 meters) and shalbachum (6707 meters) to the north / west and pemthang karpo ri (6830 meters), langshisa ri (6413 meters), loenpo gang (6979 meters), dorje lhakpa (6966 meters) and gangchempo (6387 meters) to the east and south.
the ascend / climb to tserko-ri begins at kyanjin gumba (3850 meters) - start very early in the morning to avoid the strong winds as the trail is exposed to the elements. then following the trail (with a darchor) that leads to the escarpment below kyanjin. after passing the escarpment, the trail will lead to a desolate landscape of huge boulders and a fast flowing stream (this trail confuses many climbers as the trail also leads to langshisa kharka) you need to find a wooden bridge. after crossing the bridge the trail begins up - zigzag fashion. from kyanjin gumba to the base of tserko-ri will take 40 minutes to an hour - depends on how you thrive at very high altitude.
the second stage will take you to the shepherds hut at 4200 meters. the path is a zigzag ascent on a razorback trail with incredible views of the kanja la himal and the valley of langtang.
the third stage will lead you to the false peak of tserko-ri at 4700-4800 meters. depends on the time of the year - this stage is already ice and snow covered. huge rock boulders are crossed - many climbers get confused and sometimes they slip and fall withouth knowledgeable guides to assist them. many climbers turn back at this stage because of the difficulty of the trail, high altitude sickness and difficulty in breathing. the view from this point is the stunning langtang lirung, dragpoche, yala peak and shalbachum - the prayer flags swaying in the wind can be seen from this stage.
the last stage is summiting tsergo ri - if its snowing, crevasses are hidden by thin ice amongst huge rocks and boulders. they are so well hidden that one slipup could cause a major accident. the air is very thin and its a brutal ascent up. you need to scramble through the rocks in an acute angle fashion. you will know if youre nearing the summit - when the peaks of pemthang karpo ri, dorje lhakpa and gangchempo come into view and of course the beautiful prayer flags and darchors. then after summiting, get back down as the weather could change abruptly and you may lost orientation to go back down - you may descend on the same trail you went up or go down in the direction of jathang (yak huts).
Tserko-ri is a non technical peak, so its free from fees and permits.
what to bring / wear:
- liquids (lots)
- something to bite while ascending / descending
- mittens / gloves / muffler / bonnet / scarf (early hours of ascending)
- winter jacket
- fleece jumper
- windproof pants
- sturdy shoes (trekking boots / snow boots)
- trekking poles for leg support
- sunglasses with uv protection
- sunscreen - skin will burn easily at high altitude.
before ascending - the night before, take a diamox pill to suppress high altitude sickness.
remember - this is very high and the body slowly declines. if your body says no at some point, go back down as quickly as possible. drink and drink and drink liquid.
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